Medicines subduing work “the brain reward system” help to treat gambling addiction and alcoholism. the group of scientists from Imperial College London led by Professor Anne of lingford-Hughes has come to such conclusions.
Scientists have observed the brain work of gamers and alcoholics who took Nalmefene, one of the most effective drugs used in treating alcoholic and gambling addictions. The study has showed that the drug subdues the activation of the “reward system” of the brain that helps to cope with an unhealthy addiction.
Nalmefene blocks the opiate receptors and patients can no longer experience the pleasure of anticipating the game or the use of alcohol. Accordingly, the drug reduces the urge for alcohol or gambling, decreases the frequency of breakdowns and increases the duration of relapses.